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Growers free to plough in ruined beet

February 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Crops

GROWERS struggling with unfit sugar beet can plough the crop in without registering with the Environment Agency.

Confirmation of the rules came following NFU talks with agency officials to provide solutions for growers facing a ruined crop.

Other non-waste options for rejected sugar beet include finding alternative markets through NFU fodder bank, and use as animal feed.

NFU sugar board chairman William Martin said: “NFU and the Environment Agency have worked together to clarify the situation to help growers in these difficult times and we are pleased that common sense has prevailed.

“We were concerned that growers might not be able to meet some of the waste exemption rules, for example the limit for spreading plant matter in the U13 exemption is usually 50t/ha.

“However, in these exceptional circumstances the Environment Agency has agreed to temporarily lift the limit to 70t/ha.”

The decision clarifies the immediate position for un-harvested sugar beet but the implications of the Environment Agency statement are much broader than that.

But there are some circumstances when waste rules would apply.

These include ploughing back in when beet has already been harvested, when it is used as a feedstock for composting or anaerobic digestion plants, and when composting on-farm.

The guidelines can be downloaded from the Environment Agency website by clicking here (pdf file).

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